Mexico attracts millions of visitors each year and, while many of them are seeking sun and sand, others are on a more sacred journey. Here we look at four important spiritual sites in Mexico that are most definitely worth skipping the beach for.
Tepoztlán: A Site Filled with Ancient Energy
According to legend Tepoztlán is the birthplace of the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl, and the place where he underwent his inner transformation, where he began his journey to fully realize his potential as a great teacher. Located in the Tepoztlán Valley, just a short distance outside Mexico City, the town sits at the base of The Tepozteco Mountain, an important archaeological site with a small pyramid temple to the Aztec god Tepoztecatl. It was here that Quetzalcoatl received ancient energy to help him on his transformative quest, and today this energy can still be felt by visitors seeking answers on their own spiritual journeys.
Spiritual Site of Teotihuacan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City of Teotihuacan is an impressive sacred centre with imposing monuments laid out on geometric and symbolic principles. (1) Today, we can walk along the Avenue of the Dead, past the temples representing our different Chakras, until we arrive at the Pyramid of the Moon. Teotihuacan was the place where, according to the legends, the Fifth Sun was created, and where today we can marvel at the Pyramid of the Sun. The Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the third largest pyramid at Teotihuacan with representations of the Feathered Serpent covering its sides, is a natural place for visitors to connect with the sacred energy of this ancient teacher, and understand the cultural importance of this large spiritual site.
Mayapan: Powerful Temples and Pyramids
Mayapan means the “Flag of the Maya”, but it also symbolizes the link with the One force, the Solar Logos or Christic energy. Located southeast of Merida in the Yucatan, Mayapan was once an important city with architecture that mimicked Chichen Itza. For those interested in the legends of KuKuulKaan, Mayapan is a particularly important spiritual site as this Maya Master of Light and Quetzalcoatl’s “twin” stayed in Mayapan for quite some time, until his work was done and it was time for him to return to the Planet Venus. Today visitors to Mayapan are still impressed by the powerful temples and pyramids, one of which is suitable for climbing to take in the striking views from the top.
Chichen Itza: The Most Famous Spiritual Site in Mexico?
Probably the most famous of all the Maya sites, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also one of the most important examples of the fusion of Mayan-Toltec Civilization in the Yucatan. (2) The stepped pyramid of Kukulkan, El Castillo, is one of the most architecturally impressive surviving buildings, but others also remain, such as the circular observatory, El Caracol. Spiritually, this site is powerfully connected to Kulkulkan and visitors can learn about this Maya master here as well as experience the forceful energy of the beautifully-constructed buildings. Have you visited any of these sacred sites? What were your impressions? Would these be on your must-see list or do you have others you prefer?
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